Nissan Altima 2013 full details released
The Nissan Altima is quite possibly second in midsize-sedan sales in the UAE, behind the Toyota Camry, and easily in the top three on the overall GCC market by our estimates. Apparently, it has toppled the Honda Accord for second-place behind the Camry even in the United States, where it is built. So the launch of the all-new 2013 Altima is, by all accounts, more important than any other car in its current line-up.
Debuting at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the 2013 Nissan Altima comes with a mildly-upgraded 182 hp 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with 244 Nm of torque, as well as a carryover 270 hp 3.5-litre V6 with 349 Nm. The standard transmission is a second-generation CVT with an extended gear ratio range and 40% reduced internal friction. A new electric power steering system reduces fuel consumption as well. The 2.5-litre engine apparently also has the best fuel economy in the segment now, without using direct-injection either.
The 2013 Altima has the same wheelbase as the outgoing model, though it is longer and wider by about an inch. With the use of high-strength steel and an aluminium bonnet, the 2013 Altima is actually 36 kg lighter than the outgoing model, even while it gains a redesigned rear suspension system.
Nissan also claims the new Altima will be more of a driver’s car than the previous model, thanks to a new multi-link rear suspension setup and a an Active Understeer Control feature that apparently offers “predictive” braking for the front wheels to reduce understeer while cornering, which will work without warning lights and beeps like most other stability-control systems.
The 2013 Altima’s cabin now has an available 4-inch colour LCD display in between the gauges that can even show navigation directions and blind-spot warnings in higher-trim models. A likely-optional new Nissan Connected infotainment platform incorporates things like navigation, standard Bluetooth, Pandora, Google point-of-interest location and even hands-free texting with a reply function. A rear-view camera with moving obstacle detection is optional, and it is also used to control the blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and moving obstacle detection systems, without additional sensors.
The changes to the 2013 Nissan Altima aren’t major, but it looks to be enough to keep up with the competition. Already enjoying a price advantage in the Middle East region compared to other Japanese brands, it should continue to do well here when it reaches UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other GCC countries by the end of the year.
Keep track of updates in the Nissan Altima buyer guide.